Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. New essay on The American Scholar‘s website: Back in May, I mentioned that I was about to take part in an online session devoted to a “classic” short story that was utterly new to me.

This past weekend, my essay about that story, “Address Unknown” by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor, went live.

Screenshot from The American Scholar's site.
Screenshot from The American Scholar’s site.

2. Kidlit developments: Interestingly, in that same post last May, I mentioned some of the work I’d begun undertaking to immerse myself in the art and craft of kidlit.

Lo and behold, this week I’ve also begun submitting a picture-book manuscript.

Submittable's "in-progress" indication.
Submittable’s “in-progress” indication.

I’m anxious, of course. (It seems scary to even tell you this much!)

3. And last, but not least: one of the nicest things I’ve ever seen on Twitter:

The call refers to submissions for this year’s NPR “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast. You can find Magin’s beautiful essay in this year’s show.

Image of "In-Progress" notification on Submittable

8 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Erika,
    Mazel tov on all counts. Great sleuthing piece in the American Scholar. I hope you keep us posted on your foray into kidlit.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Barbara, you can count on my keeping you posted!

  2. Michele says:

    Congrats on the essay and on submitting your children’s book!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you, Michele!

  3. John Smistad says:

    We too often anticipate rejection. Sometimes we surprise ourselves.

    All to rare, and having nothing to do at all with our inherent worth as souls, it is still this…damn satisfying.

    Keep up your great work into 2021 and then far beyond, Erika.

    John Smistad

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you very much, John!

  4. edlk says:

    Excellent essay on “Address Unknown.”

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much!

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